NCS | An Introduction to CAT A two-day workshop 30th Sept & 7th Oct

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A two-day workshop led by

Sarah Littlejohn and Emma Taylor

Date: 30th September 2017 and 7th October 2017

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

Fees: £230.00 (or £190.00 concessionary rate for counsellors in training and voluntary sector workers)

Invoicing incurs an additional £15 fee.

The workshop includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts.

Outline of the Workshop

This hands-on, two-day course offers an introduction to the ideas, methods and skills of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It combines short theoretical inputs with role play of CAT practice and work in pairs and small groups to try out CAT skills. The versatility of the approach will be explored and a range of clinical examples highlighted. Participants will gain skills in mapping, tracking and negotiating problem patterns with clients and for supervision. Participants will need some familiarity with the use of psychological ideas and methods in responding to mental health problems and emotional distress.

Course aims/objectives

Introduce Cognitive Analytic concepts and methods.

Draw out or “map” diagrams of problematic, repeating relationship patterns, using live demonstrations, case examples and your own practice

Introduce CAT tools of letter writing. We will use examples, and you will have the opportunity to experience framing client histories, problems and repeating problematic patterns in letter writing.

Discuss how CAT can be used to understand difficult client dynamics in the therapy room, help predict issues associated with poor motivation and engagement, and work with endings.

Who is it for?

Any qualified professionals working with mental health difficulties, i.e. social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, IAPT workers, psychologists, art therapists and doctors. I would encourage people who are unsure if the days are relevant to them to contact us.


Sarah Littlejohn is a CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist 25 years ago and qualified as a CAT Practitioner in 2001. She’s been a lead trainer for the Catalyse (formerly CAT North) Practitioner Training for over a decade and also provides supervision for Practitioner Trainees and for IRRAPT trainees. Sarah runs introductory CAT workshops for a range of professionals each year. She’s been a past chair of ACAT’s Training Committee and is currently chair of Catalyse Executive. She’s particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity, and uses of the therapeutic relationship.

Dr Emma Taylor is a clinical psychologist, accredited CAT practitioner and CAT supervisor. She has 25 years of clinical experience, including 16 years in the NHS and seven years in private practice in which she offers therapy, supervision, training and acts as a expert witness for Family Courts. She is a member of the Catalyse Sheffield Psychotherapy Practice. She has been a psychology lecturer, and has delivered training for many professionals and organisations including Catalyse.


Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield. S1 2EW. For location and travel information please visit this link: Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield.

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